Must have travel essentials for families with kids. Whether you are traveling by car or airplane, local, domestic, or international this product list will make travel easier for everyone. Here is a packing list for babies and toddlers.
Inflatable tub – We received this as a baby shower gift, it was on our registry. We could not live without it. It is great to have at home for fun or in your own bathtub, but it is even better when you are a family on the go. It takes up extraordinarily little space in your suitcase or weekend bag.
Wet dry bags– We were once a cloth diaper family and quickly discovered how genius these bags are. We now take them on all travel adventures, even local ones. When Joakim was taking swim lesson these wet dry bags were perfect to put his swim clothes in once finished. They are great for having to change diapers in a pinch.
These bags will hold in the smell and or any leakage. If your kid’s clothes get soiled while out just toss them in your wet dry bag and carry on. These are really good travel essentials for families.
Book bag– In the beginning I used a luxury bag as a diaper bag. I quickly learned this was not exactly the way to go. A book bag is a hands-free game changer and a must have travel essentials for families. This one has a ton of compartments and lots of pockets to store everything you need when on the go. Not to mention it has a sleek look!
Earmuffs– I highly recommend these headphones. We purchased these for Joakim’s first flight to New York to help with ear pressure. I have also tried them on myself testing out noise reduction and they worked like a charm!
We take them on all flights, use them for the start of fireworks and sometimes he wants them on when our blendtec is in use. They are perfect!
Audio headphones– These are a great set of headphones for kids when they need a little entertainment to get through a trip.
Portable High Chair– We purchased this for Joakim’s first international trip. Traveling with this made a world of difference. It was so great to have considering some restaurants did not have highchairs to use.
Also, it is great to have if you forget to make reservations at a restaurant and a smaller booth is available without wait. All you need is this highchair and the wait is over! It is also a great option for apartment living or small homes with no space for a full highchair.
Compact and lightweight stroller– We are HUGE Uppababy fans! A compact stroller is a must to have. It is a life saver whether you are exploring locally, domestic, or taking an international flight. Joakim and I took a trip, (his very first flight) to New York and I had no idea how I would navigate it all.
But I had Joakim in a carrier, backpack on and carried the stroller with the shoulder strap. It was a breeze. It is light weight and folds with one had. On some of our flights it fit in the overhead bin.
Car Seat– Instead of traveling on flights with our heavier more expensive car seat we bring this one. It is light weight and easier to manage. It is also a good option considering car seats can get damaged on your travels. I would rather a cheaper car seat used only for travel getting damaged over our more expensive day- to- day car seat. Some car rentals have car seats available but it is best to bring your own considering you may not be ok with the condition you find it in.
travel cart– This is a great option if you are traveling through airports! It is incredibly easy to latch your car seat onto the cart, strap your child in the car seat and navigate the airport. It folds, so it’s easy to stow away and it also fits in most overhead compartments on a plane.
What are your travel must-haves?
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